And one made news for reasons having nothing to do with show business.PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2014Does the onetime self-proclaimed King of Pop surprise you?Michael Jackson was a guest on "The Dating Game" in 1972 when he was a member of the Jackson 5 and his biggest hit was "Rockin' Robin." Jackson's date, La Tonya Simmons, won tickets to a Jackson 5 concert in New York City. But at least in 1972, they wouldn't be hounded by the press.
Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.'They wanted a boy and a girl,' he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.
'They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week.' After The Dating Game brought him national recognition, he also hosted the game shows Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune and The New Newlywed Game.
He is pictured here handing cash to winning contestants on The $1,000,000 Chance Of A Lifetime Lang also worked as a disc jockey for decades in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, and upon his retirement from broadcasting in 2005, he was the morning DJ for KABL-FM, which specializes in playing classics from the Big Band era to the 1970s.
Jim Lange, who died of a heart attack Tuesday at age 81, hosted many game shows during his decades-long career, but it was his work on "The Dating Game" that made him the most famous.
Lange was the first host of this enduring singles' program, and his run lasted from 1965 to 1980.
It was during these years that many single guests appeared on the show who would later go on to be big stars in their own right.
And we're not talking Ken Jennings kind of celebrities.
These guests were either huge stars before their appearance or after their appearance.
PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TVArnold Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilding celebrity, Mr. He's starred in "Hercules in New York," but "Pumping Iron," "The Terminator" and the governorship of California was in his future.
Incidentally, Schwarzenegger was in a relationship with English teacher Barbara Outland Baker at the time he appeared on this show.
Their relationship lasted from 1969 until 1974, according to the memoir she published years later.